Hiking & Trails

Reynolds Creek area (Steep areas)

Meadowlarks are singing, chukars are flittering around, and the wet sagebrush smells like spring.

The high desert is greening up, and one of the best places to see it is along the Reynolds Creek Road on the Owyhee Front, southwest of Nampa.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management trails off the Reynolds Creek Road are designed for off-highway vehicles, but mountain bikers and hikers also can use them.

For those who just want to stay in the car on an afternoon drive, the Reynolds Creek Road offers some views of the Owyhee Mountains and Treasure Valley.

It's a place to enjoy the desert in the spring.

HOW TO GET THERE: I-84 west from Boise to Nampa Exit 38. Go south out of Nampa on 12th Avenue South and Idaho 45. Cross the Snake River. Go a mile to Reynolds Creek Road turnoff.

Open to: Hikers, mountain bikers and off-highway vehicles. Everyone cooperate.

Ideal for:Off-highway vehicles.

Trailhead elevation: Low trails are about 3,216 feet.

Destination elevation: The ends of some trails on desert buttes are 3,600 feet.

Length: One mile to 15 or more.

Difficulty: Rolling desert terrain with some steep areas.

Out and back or loop: Both.

Wildlife you might see: Chukars, meadowlarks, crows, eagles, hawks and remotely possible, wild horses.

Notes/bathrooms: Hemingway Butte Trailhead for motorcycles has a restroom. Parts of the Reynolds Creek area is a wild horse management area. Don't disturb the horses if you see them. Sandy trails out there dry out in about a day or two. Don't hike or ride on wet trails.

Information: Reynolds Creek Road is on an Idaho highway map. The turnoff Idaho 78 to the Reynolds Creek Road is GPS: 43¡ 19.739N; 116¡ 36. 202W.

If you've hiked or biked a trail you'd like to see featured, call Niki Forbing-Orr at (208) 377-6446, or e-mail outdoors@ idahostatesman.com. Articles and photos submitted to The Idaho Statesman may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms.